What to consider before adding auto tint to car windows

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Using auto tint on your car windows not only makes your vehicle look good, it also has...

Using auto tint on your car windows not only makes your vehicle look good, it also has safety benefits. Tinting offers privacy, protects your skin and car interior from harmful ultraviolet rays, cuts down on harsh sun glare and keeps your car cool. Prices start from $50 for one side window, and can cost as much as $300 for a full-size SUV. Before you get your windows tinted, ask yourself the following questions.

What kind of car do you own?

Your car's make and model will have an effect on the cost of tinting, largely due to it's size and number of windows. It may seem odd, but larger vehicles such as trucks can cost less to tint because they have fewer windows and glass panels. SUVs and large luxury vehicles can cost more because they have bigger windows and more of them.

What level of tint do you require?

Each state has its own window tinting laws that spell out how dark your windows can be. This is because law enforcement officers must have a clear view inside your car for your safety. Sunnier states tend to have more relaxed laws concerning window tinting.

What is the quality of film used in the tinting process?

Auto tint film comes in various qualities, with the main difference being the reflection and heat repelling qualities. High-end films have an excellent reputation for shade and protecting your car's interior, but they can double the average cost. Standard films are good in less sunny areas. Your service provider will be able to help you with this decision.

Are you replacing an old tint?

If you are looking to upgrade your window's tint, it may add to the cost if you need to have old tint removed to make way for the new one. The removal of tint from one side window will cost you about $20. The cost of removing all the tint from a four-door sedan is up to $120. It is possible to remove the tint yourself before you go in to the shop, which can save you money, but be sure you know what you're doing to avoid damaging your car.

Can you install the tint yourself?

The short answer is yes. But be aware that DIY projects such as this can end up costing you more in the long run. Installing tint is a tricky job, and if you get it wrong, not only will it cheapen the look of your car, but you may find yourself having to repair any damage you've cause. Your best bet is to have a professional Atlanta auto shop to do the job for you. That way, you can be assured of its quality, and have the protection of a warranty in case anything does go wrong.

Tinting your windows can have a positive effect on your car's aesthetic and interior, as well as protect you and your family from the often harsh Atlanta sun, so it's an appealing addition to any car.

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